Have you ever shopped during the Florida sales tax holiday?

It’s when I stock up on my candles and batteries for my hurricane preparedness kit emergency supplies.

The State of Florida issued a Sales Tax Holiday to help residents stock up on Hurricane Preparedness Supplies!

I spoke about this topic on my Savings Segment on Fox. Watch the replay video here:








I’ve got the nitty-gritty on how it works, what you should stock up on and how much you should save by shopping during that time.

It’s time to shop for your hurricane preparedness kit emergency supplies with FREE Florida Sales Tax!


Did you know that in any state where Amazon is required to collect Sales Tax, they will NOT charge tax on these days for the qualifying items that are sold by Amazon?

(NOTE: If the items are sold by a third-party listed on Amazon, then Amazon cannot control the tax and you will be charged Sales Tax on those items.)

You might want to check out the deal on this Lantern! (It’s 67% off plus, you’ll save an extra $2 by shopping during the Tax Free Week.)


Since Candles are exempt from Sales Tax, I take this opportunity to head to the Yankee Candle Store or to Bed, Bath & Beyond in order to stock up on candles!

I figure I might as well have my house smell nice when we are out of power, right?! These are the hurricane preparedness kit emergency supplies I love to stock up on!


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Plus, any candles that I don’t use I can save to give as Christmas Gifts (so that means you’ll want to pick a universal scent that would make a good gift in a few months).

And they’ll never know they were included in your hurricane preparedness items!


If you are a camper (or even just plan to spend time out at the beach this summer), then now would be a good time to stock up on some of the supplies that can be used for your family outdoor outings!

Camping/Beach Items Included:

  • Coolers/Ice Chests
  • Generators
  • Self Powered Light Sources: Flashlights, Lanterns
  • Resuable Ice Packs
  • Tarps
  • Two Way or Weatherband Radios: powered by battery, solar and hand-crank
  • Backpacks
  • Batteries
  • Bungee Cords
  • Ground Anchor Systems
  • Ratchet Straps
  • Tie-Down Kits
  • Gas Fuel Containers and LP Gas and Kerosene Containers


Good News! The Sales Tax Exemption is on individual items, so if you are buying 5 candles and each one costs $19.99 (which is under the $20 threshold), your total will be $99.95 and ALL is entirely tax-free!

In other words, the combined total of items you are purchasing does not affect the exemption and therefore you will not pay Sales Tax on your total of the qualifying item that you buy.


Not all cashiers are going to be completely aware of the Sales Tax Holiday and what items qualify for the exclusion.

Plus, retailers might not have programmed their cash registers properly to exclude the tax, it might be a manual.

I’d suggest paying separately for anything that will is not included in this Florida sales tax exclusion so that it is easy to see and discuss with a cashier in case it gets confusing.

This way you can keep track of your hurricane preparedness items and the tax you saved! Plus it’s important to save those receipts just in case you need to return it if it’s defective.

Do you get a warranty too? Keep that receipt!


Remember, as long as the individual items you are purchasing are less than the threshold limit, you will save from paying sales tax on each, no matter how many you buy in total.


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  • Batteries: excluding automobile and boat batteries (less than $30 each package)
  • Candles (less than $20 each)
  • Cooler (less than $30 each)
  • Flashlights (less than $20 each)
  • Fuel Tanks or Containers (less than $25 each)
  • First Aid Kit (less than $30 each)
  • Generator (less than $750 each)
  • Lanterns (less than $20 each)
  • Radio/Weather Radio – MUST have battery power option (less than $50 each)
  • Reusable Ice (less than $10 each)
  • Tarps or other waterproofing material (less than $50 each)
  • Tie Down (Bungee Cords, or Ratchets) (less than $50 each)
  • View the entire list at the FL Dept of Revenue Website


If you were to purchase one of each item on this list (excluding the generator), you will save around $20 in Tax Alone.

Plus you can even add coupons in and save even more!


There in only one easy exclusion that applies the Sales Tax Holiday.

The Exemption days do not apply if you make a purchase of a qualifying item inside a theme park or entertainment complex.

So don’t buy that cute flashlight or Disney Backup Generator at Disney or Busch Gardens and think you are going to save on the tax…you will still pay sale tax while inside those parks.

So get ready for the next hurricane season with these great deals!

My husband says, “it’s better to have and not need it, then need it and not have it.”  And that is truly the case during hurricane season.

Get prepared during the sales tax holiday and save more money!


YOUR TURN: Do you wait to shop during the Sales Tax Holiday? Do you think it makes a significant impact on your budget? Please comment below and let me know!

Are you ready for the Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday? Get ready to buy these hurricane preparedness kit emergency supplies with no tax! Plus you can grab camping and beach items with the no tax hurricane preparedness items!